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Diet & Nutrition Services

Most people with IBD have a lot of questions about how diet contributes to their disease and how it can be used to help control their symptoms.

The dietitian at The IBD Centre of BC helps patients navigate through all the available resources of information, including articles and other data, and helps establish a personalized plan tailored to each patients’ specific needs and situation.

FAQ

  • Is there a specific diet people with IBD should follow?

    No. Since no two people are the same, there is no specific diet that everyone with IBD should be following. That said, our dietitian has written extensively about IBD and diet. Click on any of these articles for more information.

  • Do I need a referral to see a dietitian at The IBD Centre of BC?

    Any patient who has been diagnosed with IBD and is followed by a gastroenterologist at The IBD Centre of BC can see the dietitian.

  • What happens once I am referred to the dietitian?

    Your first meeting with the dietitian is usually done in person but you can arrange for a telehealth consultation if you are located far from the Centre and travelling to us is difficult. During your first appointment, which takes between 30-60 minutes, the dietitian will gather detailed information about your typical diet, allergies and intolerances, medications and supplements, weight history and lifestyle factors. After that, the dietitian will collaborate with you to develop food and nutrition strategies that work for you.

    We recommend recording your dietary intake, gastrointestinal symptoms, and lifestyle factors over the course of a week. Tracking can be useful for determining whether there are trends in what triggers your symptoms. Here’s a document you can print and use to log your eating and symptoms.

  • What steps can I take in regards to my diet and nutrition?

    Our dietitian can provide you with evidence-based recommendations to help you make informed decisions about your diet both in times of flare ups and remission. 

    Some of the topics you may discuss with the dietitian are:

    • The nutritional adequacy of your diet.
    • Ways to support weight gain, if needed.
    • Strategies to help manage your specific symptoms (e.g., diarrhea, constipation, bloating, gas, nausea).
    • Dietary patterns that can help optimize health and manage inflammation.
    • How to manage nutrition and hydration status with an ostomy, strictures and/or short bowel syndrome.
    • Nutrition for other comorbidities, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), celiac disease and gastroesophageal reflux disease.